Russian Contemporary Drawing. No Limits in London

What: Russian Contemporary Drawing. No Limits

When: May 4 - August 3, 2016 (daily 2-5pm)

Where: Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA, London

Why you should go:

Pushkin House, Sparta and the Savina Gallery present a new show organized specially for London’s Russian Art Week and is the first time that many of these artists are being shown in the UK, and the first time that they are being shown as a group.

The exhibition brings together 23 contemporary Russian artists of different generations, both established and mid-career: Yuri Avvakumov, Yuri Aleksandrov, Amanita, Maria Arendt, Tatiana Akhmetgalieva, Liza Bobkova, Annushka Brochet, Vladimir Grig, Ilya Grishaev, Georgy Litichesky, Natalia Mali, Gosha Ostretsov, Sergei Pakhomov, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Andrei Rudyev, Aidan Salakhova, Haim Sokol, Kirill Chelushkin, Aljona Shapovalova, Petr Shvetsov, Denis Shevchuk, Shishkin-Hokusai, Natalia Pivko.

Hermes’s Cardboard House’ by Yuri Avvakumov
'Hermes’s Cardboard House’ by Yuri Avvakumov

Drawing. No Limits is intended to acquaint the non-Russian with the major directions presently developing in contemporary Russian art: from three-dimensional installations to textual works, from architectural forms to graphic novels. The exhibition has already been shown in Berlin at the Russian House of Science and Culture (Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur). The core of the exhibition is drawing, with the pieces crossing different media, although still strongly referencing drawing.

The curator of the project Liza Savina says: ‘This exhibition clearly shows similar trends in the contemporary art world. We hope that this will be the first in a series of exhibitions to help the understanding of Russian culture for the western eye, but it also helps us understand what we can present to the world.’

'Spellbound' by Gosha Ostretsov
'Spellbound' by Gosha Ostretsov

Co-curator of the project in London is artist Olga Jürgenson, who collaborates with Pushkin House. She says: ‘Drawing. No Limits’ offers the visitor a broad spectrum of artistic expression from very talented artists of different generations living and working in Russia now. It is significant that the exhibition is taking place at this time and specifically in Pushkin House, a place that is proud to present the best of Russian culture in the most pluralistic way possible. We also wanted to show that contemporary art in Russia is not limited to Moscow.’

Pushkin House Director Clem Cecil says: ‘This is the first time these artists have been exhibited as a group, and together they are more than the sum of their parts. The visitor to this exhibition is promised an illuminating introduction to Russian art today. Pushkin House is proud to show these new movements in Russian art. This exhibition complements perfectly the Russian blockbuster shows in UK today and introduces a lesser known, but just as important aspect of contemporary Russian artistic life.’

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